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1adulterate

verb adul·ter·ate \ə-ˈdəl-tə-ˌrāt\

: to make (something, such as a food or drink) impure or weaker by adding something of poor quality

adul·ter·at·edadul·ter·at·ing

Full Definition of ADULTERATE

transitive verb
:  to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element; especially :  to prepare for sale by replacing more valuable with less valuable or inert ingredients
adul·ter·a·tor \-ˌrā-tər\ noun

Examples of ADULTERATE

  1. The company is accused of adulterating its products with cheap additives.
  2. <the company was fined for adulterating its all beef frankfurters with cereal>

Origin of ADULTERATE

Latin adulteratus, past participle of adulterare, from ad- + alter other — more at else
First Known Use: 1531

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Rhymes with ADULTERATE

abbreviate, abominate, accelerate, accentuate, accommodate, acculturate, accumulate, adjudicate, affiliate, agglomerate, alienate, alleviate, alliterate, amalgamate, ameliorate, amyl nitrate, annihilate, annunciate, anticipate, apostolate, appreciate, appropriate, approximate, arpeggiate, articulate, asphyxiate, assassinate, asseverate, assimilate, associate, at any rate, attenuate, authenticate, barbiturate, bicarbonate, calumniate, capacitate, capitulate, catholicate, certificate, coagulate, coelenterate, collaborate, commemorate, commiserate, communicate, compassionate, concatenate, conciliate, confabulate, confederate, conglomerate, congratulate, consolidate, contaminate, cooperate, coordinate, corroborate, deactivate, debilitate, decapitate, decelerate, decerebrate, deconcentrate, deconsecrate, decorticate, decrepitate, de-escalate, defibrinate, defoliate, degenerate, deliberate, delineate, demodulate, denominate, depopulate, depreciate, deracinate, deregulate, desegregate, desiderate, detoxicate, devaluate, diaconate, dilapidate, discriminate, disintegrate, disseminate, dissimulate, dissociate, domesticate, effectuate, ejaculate, elaborate, electroplate, eliminate, elucidate, emaciate, emancipate, emasculate, encapsulate, enumerate, enunciate, episcopate, equivocate, eradicate, etiolate, evacuate, evaluate, evaporate, eventuate, eviscerate, exacerbate, exaggerate, exasperate, excited state, excogitate, excoriate, exfoliate, exhilarate, exonerate, expatiate, expatriate, expectorate, expostulate, expropriate, extenuate, exterminate, extrapolate, facilitate, felicitate, fish or cut bait, garrison state, gesticulate, habilitate, habituate, hallucinate, humiliate, hydrogenate, hypothecate, illuminate, impersonate, inactivate, inaugurate, incarcerate, incinerate, incorporate, incriminate, indoctrinate, inebriate, infatuate, infuriate, ingratiate, ingurgitate, initiate, inoculate, inseminate, insinuate, instantiate, intercalate, interpolate, interrelate, interrogate, intimidate, intoxicate, invalidate, investigate, invigorate, irradiate, Italianate, Korea Strait, lanceolate, legitimate, luxuriate, mandarinate, manipulate, matriarchate, matriculate, Merthiolate, necessitate, negotiate, noncandidate, obliterate, officiate, Orange Free State, orientate, originate, oxygenate, participate, particulate, patriarchate, patriciate, perambulate, peregrinate, perpetuate, pontificate, precipitate, predestinate, predominate, prefabricate, premeditate, preponderate, prevaricate, procrastinate, prognosticate, proliferate, propitiate, proportionate, quadruplicate, quintuplicate, reciprocate, recriminate, recuperate, redecorate, reduplicate, reeducate, refrigerate, regenerate, regurgitate, reincarnate, reintegrate, reiterate, rejuvenate, remunerate, repatriate, repudiate, resuscitate, retaliate, reticulate, revaluate, reverberate, scholasticate, second estate, self-flagellate, self-immolate, self-pollinate, seventy-eight, sextuplicate, Singapore Strait, sophisticate, subordinate, substantiate, syllabicate, tergiversate, transliterate, triangulate, vanity plate, variegate, vaticinate, vituperate, vociferate

2adulterate

adjective adul·ter·ate \ə-ˈdəl-t(ə-)rət\

Definition of ADULTERATE

1
:  being adulterated :  spurious
2
:  tainted with adultery :  adulterous

Examples of ADULTERATE

  1. <the pharmacist was convicted of selling adulterate drugs in order to maximize profits>
  2. <caught red-handed in what he claimed was his first adulterate encounter>

First Known Use of ADULTERATE

1570

adulterate

transitive verb adul·ter·ate \ə-ˈdəl-tə-ˌrāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
adul·ter·at·edadul·ter·at·ing

Medical Definition of ADULTERATE

:  to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance; especially :  to prepare for sale by replacing more valuable with less valuable or inert ingredients
adul·ter·a·tor \-ˌrāt-ər\ noun

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